Chinese vice premier to be part of Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will arrive in Pakistan tomorrow to take part in the country’s Independence Day celebrations on August 14, officials said today.
Wang will be accompanied by a high-level delegation for the two-day visit, which comes on the “directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture”, the Foreign Office said.
“His visit on this important milestone for Pakistan is a reflection of the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China,” it said.
From Pakistan, Wang will head to Nepal, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang announced in Beijing.
Geng did not give the details of Wang’s Nepal visit.
The visit to Pakistan and Nepal by the top Chinese official comes as India and China have been locked in a military standoff for nearly two months at Doklam near Sikkim.
The face-off began on June 16 after Chinese troops tried to build a road in the disputed area. India has protested the move saying China was unilaterally changing the status quo at the trijunction with India’s ally, Bhutan.
As a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Wang is among the top leaders in China.
In Pakistan, he will be the “special guest” to mark the country’s 70th Independence …read more